If you’re new to the online gaming world, and you’ve had a bit of a wander through the plethora of sites available to South African players, it’s safe to say that you’ve probably been a bit overwhelmed. Although the South African market is not the largest by any means, it still offers a wide array of online gambling sites, so trying to negotiate your way through them to find out which one you should play at is going to be confusing. That is until you start reading CasinoTop’s unbiased and trustworthy casino reviews. We make it quite easy for you when picking a casino that’s just right for you, so read on and find out what to expect from our online casino reviews.
There are so many different aspects to online casino gambling, like the Welcome Bonuses. These are offered by almost every casino in order to encourage players to choose their casino. It might seem a bit sneaky, but it’s actually a huge advantage to players, as they can pick and choose a first time player deposit that’s going to give them loads of free playing time, which means greater opportunity to bag a jackpot! We let you know about the wagering requirements, and how much you have to bet before your bonus funds get converted into cash that you can withdraw.
We all love slots and casino games, otherwise, we wouldn’t be here. At CasinoTop, we tell you all about the vast variety of games and the software providers that create these little masterpieces. There are so many options to choose from, that you could play for years and still not manage to try them all out. Some are more worth trying out than others, and we’ll let you know which are the ‘must-plays’ and which ones you shouldn’t bother with. Payment methods is another topic we discuss in-depth, which ones each casino accepts, their pending and processing times, transaction costs, if any, and of course whether they accept the RAND. So for all this information and tons more, read on to see what South African casinos have to offer.
There is literally something for everyone out there. No two people are looking for the identical gaming experience. There are obviously some things that every casino should have going for it, like security, safety and professionalism, but all the other details are usually dependent on the types of games you like to play, what kind of gambler are you, a high roller or a low roller, in other words, your budget. Here we’ll tell it like it is, warts and all.
Our experienced writers take an in-depth look through each casino available to South Africans so that you can judge for yourselves as to which one will best suit your needs. If you can’t find a review for a particular casino on our site, it’s usually because we haven’t deemed it worthy of being included. Our desire is much like your own, that is to have the best gaming experience possible, and hopefully win some jackpots while having loads of fun! If we think a casino does not pass muster, then we’ll say it like it is, after all, there are sure to be pros and cons at every casino you visit, some more than others, but we see ourselves as benevolent reviewers and although we give you the benefits we’ll also be honest about things that could be better.
On the other hand, certain casinos will be the perfect destination for some players, but not for others, so sometimes it’s worth giving the casino a go and also reading some other players’ testimonials, which we include in our assessments. If you love playing table games, and a particularly fantastic, high-rated casino, has a very small offering of them, then, of course, you probably won’t be interested in playing there, despite the fact that they have a sterling reputation. Take the time to read each review as we’ve put a lot of time and effort in bringing you honest advice.
The way we structure our reviews is done in a way that gives you all the information without having to read too many unnecessary facts. You may only have time to read the introduction and the conclusion, which will highlight the main points you need to know. If it looks promising then we recommend you read everything else in between. Here is our easy to read step by step format:
A quick overview with the main points highlighted along with the licenses, the theme and overall feel of the casino. It should give you an idea if you are interested in venturing further.
You’ll get the rundown on what promotions are offered, especially when it comes to the South African market and whether the benefits are worthwhile.
The most important part of the bonus is the terms and conditions that are attached to it. It makes all the difference as to whether it’s a good deal or not. We uncomplicate the wagering requirement and let you know if it’s even worth playing the bonus at all.
This is where you get to find out about the different types of games you’ll expect to find, the number of them and the quality as well as the software providers used by each particular casino. This section focuses mainly on slots, classic and video as well as progressive jackpot slots.
And now for the remaining game category break down, do they offer a good selection of table games, live casino, arcade games like Keno, Bingo and others...
These days, more than ever, mobile casinos are becoming the preferred way of playing, so knowing a bit about how a particular online casino operates on mobile devices is important.
Here we tell you the types of support to expect, is there a phone line, is the support 24/7, how long must you wait for an email response, what is the FAQ page like and do they have a helpful and understanding support team?
Which credit and debit card facilities are available? Deposit and withdrawal times and costs if any. Alternative methods like e-wallets, prepaid vouchers and bank transfers. Most importantly, does the casino accept the ZAR?
You’ll get to find out all the Pros and Cons as well as a full summary of all the important points about the casino. Is there any room for improvement and if so how? What we really liked about the place and if we think it’s a place worth trying out.
There are as many different licenses as there are legal gambling countries. In South Africa, the casinos may have a variety of them, for example, the Canadian Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the Curacao Government license, the Malta Gaming Authority and the Gambling Commission of Great Britain amongst others. The latter two are by far the most reputable around as they are not easy for an online casino to obtain and even harder to continue to maintain due to the strict criteria and ongoing regulatory assessments that each of their casinos must endure. The licensors are like the watchdogs of the industry and a good license will oversee a casino’s security, safety and the fairness of their games. The confidentiality and protection of the player’s data and financial information is guaranteed with SSL encryption, which ensures the safe transfer of information online and also keeps it stored without any third party access.
The new way forward in online gambling seems to be via a mobile device, and technology is coming ahead in leaps and bounds to optimise the most popular forms of smartphones and tablets e.g. iOS, Android and Blackberry. This will ensure that players have the same wonderful experience on their mobile devices as the one they get on a desktop. There is still an issue with making all games compatible on a smaller screen, and some sites still don’t support HTML5 games which are off-putting, to say the least. The good news is that it is not expected to be long before all these hiccups will be ironed out.
When it comes to game popularity, slots win hands down. The classic slot fruit machines that were around in the old days are still in existence, still giving people pleasure and entertainment. However, Video slots have really taken over due to their amazing special effects, features and exciting themes. The progressive jackpot slots are another very exciting slot type, that gives players the opportunity of becoming multimillionaires. Game providers are outdoing each other to come up with more and more extraordinary slot games, and lucky for you, CasinoTop has done a thorough review of the ones available to South African players, in a separate section on our website. Definitely worth checking out!
We haven’t forgotten about the many other game selections, even though they may not be as popular as slots, many players are avid table game players or maybe sports betting is more your thing. Then there’s bingo, Keno, scratch cards, lottery games and arcade games aplenty. Whatever game can be played in online casinos, we are sure to review them so that you can understand exactly how to play them.